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James jerky dyer for dehydrating?
« on: November 15, 2015, 08:11:17 AM »
Looking to possibly to get one if these for Christmas. I know you can use it with jerky but can you use it for other things like dehydrating peaches, bananas, etc?  I obviously would use a different grate if it can be done but wanted to ask prior to purchasing. Thanks.

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Re: James jerky dyer for dehydrating?
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2015, 10:50:24 AM »
I'm also wondering if the James jerky dryer works well for doing non-meat products. I suppose specifically, will all my dried fruits and kale chips have a meat/smoked taste?

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Re: James jerky dyer for dehydrating?
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2015, 11:50:03 AM »
I am thinking they would have a smoky flavor which i am not opposed to but wanted to put the question out there. I have a dehydrator already so not crazy about spending 80+ shipping for the dryer to get some smoke flavor if i can still use my dehydrator.

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Re: James jerky dyer for dehydrating?
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2015, 01:58:06 PM »
I love the dryer for jerky, but have never used it for dehydrating.  I would think that if you wipe the interior down good, clean the smoke box, and foil as normal, you wouldn't get much of a smoky flavor, but I could be wrong.  Dehydrating is just heat and air movement, which the SI & dryer do very well.  If you ever intend to do sausage or jerky, or want to make some good smoky chipotle peppers, the dryer is fantastic, and worth the money.
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Re: James jerky dyer for dehydrating?
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2015, 03:42:54 PM »
Do you use the dryer when you do cheese ir pretty much for jerky and sausage, etc?  I can still use my dehydrator for fruits inside which is fine.

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Re: James jerky dyer for dehydrating?
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2015, 03:48:34 PM »
I would think that if you wipe the interior down good, clean the smoke box, and foil as normal, you wouldn't get much of a smoky flavor, but I could be wrong.

I think if you have previously smoked meat in your SI, it will need more than a "good wiping down" for fruits, etc., to not end up with at least some smokey taste, but that's just a guess. I think you would need a pretty clean interior, and that would not be worth the trouble. Seems like a dedicated dehydrator would make more sense.
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Re: James jerky dyer for dehydrating?
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2015, 05:01:57 PM »
I think you're probably right, Kari.  And no, you don't use the dryer on cheese.
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Re: James jerky dyer for dehydrating?
« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2015, 05:17:18 PM »
Thanks for all of the replies. Think i will pass on the jerky dryer and keep using my dehydrator.  Love my si2 though. Been almost a year with it.

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Re: James jerky dyer for dehydrating?
« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2015, 12:24:39 AM »
I have used it for cheese. But, only for the purpose of adding air-flow to prevent my A-MAZE-N from going out. Otherwise it would not be needed.
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